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Why Do Some Drug Dealers Get Off Scot-Free?

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  • Over the past five years, drug overdose deaths have risen by 33 percent. In 2015, 27 million Americans used illegal drugs and/or misused prescription drugs
  • Fifteen percent of seniors on Medicare are prescribed an opioid upon discharge following an acute hospitalization and 42 percent of them are still taking it three months later, suggesting addiction may be an issue
  • Heroin was the deadliest drug in the U.S. in 2014 but fentanyl use is rising the fastest, with overdose deaths doubling between 2013 and 2014. Fentanyl now outpaces heroin as the deadliest drug on Long Island, New York

By Dr. Mercola

According to a recent report by the U.S. Surgeon General, more Americans now use prescription opioids than smoke cigarettes. These drugs also kill more Americans than car crashes.


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